Political crisis in Guinea-Bissau: UN Representative urges political leaders to enact reforms
on August 10, 2020 at 8:58 pm
Entrenched political divisions in Guinea-Bissau pose a serious threat to stability in the West African country, the top UN official there told the Security Council on Monday, as she called for continued international engagement and for reforms outlined in a four-year old agreement, to be enacted.
Belarus: UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’
on August 10, 2020 at 8:33 pm
The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday.
‘You are not alone, we are in this together’, declare UN staffers in Lebanon
on August 10, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Last Saturday was another scorching August day in Lebanon’s shattered capital of Beirut, but UN staff members who had gathered outside UN House – itself damaged during the deadly port explosion - were determined to get straight to work, and stand in solidarity with the country they call home.
Pandemic poses fresh challenges for vulnerable migrant workers in Middle East
on August 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm
Amidst reports that many migrant workers in the Middle East are being made destitute, due to an economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN is calling on governments and employers to respect their rights, and show solidarity with their plight.
Guterres pledges continued UN support for Lebanon ‘in every possible way’
on August 10, 2020 at 6:36 pm
The United Nations and humanitarian partners are working around the clock to support and mobilize emergency assistance in the aftermath of the deadly explosion in Beirut Port last Tuesday.
WHO chief points to ‘green shoots of hope’ in COVID-19 pandemic
on August 10, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Although COVID-19 cases are on track to hit 20 million worldwide this week, and 750,000 deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to “green shoots of hope” amidst the global crisis, while urging both governments and people everywhere to work to suppress the new coronavirus.
New guidance for protecting migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic
on August 10, 2020 at 1:56 pm
As migrant workers continue to be on the front lines of the collective response to COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are releasing new employer guidance for measures to protect them.
Young people have a major role to play in ridding the world of nuclear weapons
on August 10, 2020 at 4:30 am
Nuclear weapons are still one of the most serious threats to mankind, and the dangers are growing. Young people can play an important role in ensuring that they are eliminated once and for all, says the UN’s top disarmament official, ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August.
Beirut blast: ‘The faster we act, the better we can reduce human suffering,’ says UN deputy chief
on August 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm
To help Lebanon overcome the tragedy and recover better, “we will need all hands on deck”, deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed told a virtual donors conference on Sunday, convened to rally international support in the wake of last week’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, which killed some 150 people, wounded thousands and caused destruction throughout much of the city.
On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples’ resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic
on August 9, 2020 at 4:53 am
Inclusion and participation of the world’s 476 million indigenous peoples must be ensured in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road ahead towards recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored.
First Person: COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to ‘recognize the importance of heritage’
on August 9, 2020 at 4:30 am
Sabra Kauka is a cultural practitioner and teaches Hawaiian Studies at the Island School on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, while acting as a coordinator for the Department of Education. As the daughter of an army officer, she spent much of her youth living overseas, but “felt the call to come home” to Hawaii as an adult after reading a newspaper article which highlighted the poor standard of living for indigenous Hawaiians in Hawaii.
Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief
on August 9, 2020 at 4:21 am
UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit.
Building a green economy, brick by brick
on August 8, 2020 at 4:25 am
In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it.
Beirut blast: Here’s how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery
on August 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm
After a devasting blast ripped through Beirut Port in Lebanon on Tuesday, wounding thousands and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless, the UN moved rapidly to step up its relief effort.
Pandemic highlights importance of indigenous self-determination: UN rights chief
on August 7, 2020 at 7:49 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure the world’s indigenous people have control over their own communities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has affirmed.
Countries urged to target smugglers after 27 migrants die at sea
on August 7, 2020 at 3:18 pm
Two UN agencies are calling for greater action to dismantle smuggling and trafficking networks following the deaths of 27 migrants off the coast of Mauritania, northwest Africa.
As Beirut rescuers search for survivors, UN warns of ‘huge’ needs
on August 7, 2020 at 2:55 pm
Across Lebanon, “the needs are immediate, and they are huge” in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed Beirut city port, UN agencies said on Friday.
COVID-19: Lift sanctions ‘bringing suffering and death’, urge UN rights experts
on August 7, 2020 at 2:40 pm
A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on countries to lift – or at the very least, ease – sanctions to allow affected nations and communities access to vital supplies to fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.
Global cooperation is our only choice against COVID-19, says WHO chief
on August 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm
With more than 18.5 million cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide as of Thursday, and 700,000 deaths, the UN’s top health official again appealed to countries to unite in the fight against the disease
‘Immediate humanitarian assistance’ mobilized in force, to support Beirut after deadly blast
on August 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm
The response to Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut requires global support in order to “surmount the devastating impact” of the crisis facing the Lebanese people, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the country said on Thursday.
Cross-border links between terrorists, organized crime, underscore need for coherent global response
on August 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm
The nexus between terrorism and organized crime took centre stage in the Security Council on Thursday, with experts raising fresh concerns over opportunistic alliances emerging among belligerents who share a hostility towards national authorities, and seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by the COVID-19 crisis.
New humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response in the Pacific
on August 6, 2020 at 5:13 pm
A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, marking the start of a humanitarian air service for the Pacific region, Governments and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have announced.
Yemen: Human rights violations against journalists, coming ‘from all quarters’
on August 6, 2020 at 4:21 pm
Unparalleled rights violations and abuses against journalists are being carried out by all parties to the armed conflict in Yemen, the UN human rights chief said on Thursday
Security Council condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ terrorist attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
on August 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Members of the UN Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack at a prison complex in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday, that left at least 29 people – including civilians – dead.
75 years after the bomb, Hiroshima still chooses ‘reconciliation and hope’
on August 6, 2020 at 12:30 am
In a video message delivered to a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan on Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which devastated the city in 1945.
Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast
on August 5, 2020 at 7:38 pm
The United Nations is working closely with the authorities in Lebanon to support ongoing response in the aftermath of the massive deadly explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, destroying large swathes of the capital.
Independent rights experts call on India to remedy ‘alarming’ situation in Jammu and Kashmir
on August 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm
UN-appointed independent human rights experts have called for urgent action in India’s Jammu and Kashmir, amid concerns of ongoing abuses against civilians there.
South Africa: UN health agency sends experts to help battle against COVID-19
on August 5, 2020 at 4:04 pm
new “surge team” of leading UN health experts is on its way to South Africa to ramp up the COVID-19 response there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
Thailand’s COVID-19 response an example of resilience and solidarity: a UN Resident Coordinator’s Blog
on August 5, 2020 at 12:00 am
In January, Thailand became the second country to confirm a COVID-19 case but, since then, the country has shown remarkable resilience and, as of late July, there had not been any recorded cases of domestic transmission for nearly two months. Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity.
Lebanon: UN ‘actively assisting’ in response to huge explosions at Beirut port
on August 4, 2020 at 11:51 pm
The United Nations has said that it is “actively assisting” in the response to the horrific explosions that ripped through the port area of Beirut on Tuesday, reportedly leaving dozens dead and thousands wounded, among them some UN naval peacekeepers.